New device will detect breast cancer at an early stage

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Researchers in Mexico are developing a device to detect breast cancer early. It could be key to improving the chances of successful treatment.

CCTV America’s Martin Markovits reports.

New device will detect breast cancer at an early stage

Researchers in Mexico are developing a device to detect breast cancer early. It could be key to improving the chances of successful treatment. CCTV America's Martin Markovits reports.

Breast cancer has become a major health problem in Mexico. On average, 15 women die a day from disease. Which is why researchers from Mexico’s Monterrey Institute of Technology are developing a device for early detection of the disease.

Researchers have created a sensor, embedded in an ultra-thin film that spots a protein most commonly associated with breast cancer in the patient’s saliva when placed in the mouth.

The lead project researcher believes this could be a game changer.

“In Mexico, breast cancer is major problem and to detect it early is something that can save a lot of people. We ant it to be part of the public so it is accessible to everyone,” Dr. Joaquin Oseguera of Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education said.

According to the cancer non-profit group Cimab, breast cancer has become the number one cause of cancer death in women in the country, mostly affecting Mexico’s poor.